Sustainability @ UNC

August 29, 2017

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Three Zeros Day: A Celebration of UNC Sustainability

Three Zeros Day is a celebration of UNC’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative, which is an integrated approach to reducing the University’s environmental impact through three sustainability goals: zero waste to landfills, net zero water usage and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  Held on Monday, September 25, this day will consist of learning and engagement for students, staff and faculty.

The day-long event will include art exhibits, organization exhibits of sustainable initiatives, and a presentation by Chancellor Folt on her initiative’s progress over the last year. There will be prizes and food for attendees.

Carolina in Sierra Club 'Cool Schools' Ranking

Carolina in Sierra Club 'Cool Schools' Ranking

UNC-Chapel Hill is the highest ranked N.C. institution in the survey

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 28th among more than 200 participating colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” annual sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability. This year’s report reflects accomplishments through June 2016.

Upcoming Events

Please visit the Sustainability @ UNC Events Calendar for more information on upcoming sustainability and environmental related campus activities.

A Peony for Your Thoughts - August 30

Take the opportunity to come by The Pit on Wednesday, August 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and learn about ways you can get involved in the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative Free flowers while they last.

Student Exhibitor Workshop - August 30

The Student Exhibitor Workshop is open to student organizations that have RSVP’d to exhibit at Three Zeros Day on September 25. If you’d like to learn how to make your exhibit more exciting and engaging, stop by Wednesday, August 30, from 5 – 6 p.m. in 203 Dey Hall.

Sustainable Triangle Field Site - August 31

On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., the Sustainable Triangle Field Site at UNC-Chapel Hill will hold an open house for students interested in learning more about the program. The open house will be held in room 313 of Whitehead, located behind the Carolina Inn. Pizza will be served. 

The Sustainable Triangle Field Site offers students the opportunity to pair academic studies in the environment, urban planning, geography, health and related fields with practical experience delivered through internships, capstone research projects and field trips. Students incorporate into their UNC experience an understanding of how communities, industries, government and non-profit organizations work toward a sustainable future. 

The Institute for the Environment field site program is coordinated through the Study Abroad Office of the College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology. Visit the Institute for the Environment's events page for more information about the STFS.

Compost Curious?  Visit Compost Information Day, help volunteer, and attend Fall Classes! - September 9

The Saturday Carrboro Farmers' Market hosts the only residential food waste drop-off at a Farmers' Market in North Carolina.  It is a volunteer supported effort, sponsored by Orange County Solid Waste Management.  Compost monitors sign up for a 2 ½ hour shift to watch over the collection carts, make sure only the proper materials go in, and keep things moving smoothly.  An average of 60 people drop-off food waste weighing over 400 pounds each week! There will be a Compost Monitor Information Day September 9, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm at the Carrboro Farmers Market, with a brief training starting at every half hour, at the food waste drop-off area located behind the ATM. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about outdoor composting and see a functioning worm bin ideal for indoor composting in small spaces. 

Two full-scale composting classes will be held this fall, led by Muriel Williman of Orange County Solid Waste Management.  Learn the basics of indoor composting using worms, and outdoor composting using a variety of containers and recipes.

• Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Community Center Learning Garden, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill

• Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative office, 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill

These popular classes are free, no registration is necessary and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

 Anyone can compost in Orange County! For more information, contact Muriel Williman (919) 918-4909 or email

Three Zeros Photo Campaign - September 8

On Friday, September 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., stop by the Pit and let us know how you support the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative!

Solar Oven S’mores - September 13

On Wednesday, September 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., come to the Pit, learn about clean energy use, and grab a treat you can make yourself, by harnessing the power of the sun!

EcoReps Training - September 16

Learn about innovative sustainability programs and practices at UNC and how to become an effective peer-to-peer educator. An interactive workshop, complete with a complimentary lunch, will prepare you to confidently convey what you learn to others. On Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m.— 3 p.m., in the Student Union, current EcoReps will train incoming leaders. The workshop also counts as a Buckley Public Service Scholars skills training. Register for training at the EcoReps site.

Movie on Polk Place - September 22

 On Friday, September 22, from 8 – 10 p.m., bring a blanket and watch the Lorax with your friends under the stars!

Making the Workplace More Sustainable: Staff Sustainability Training

• Tuesday and Thursday, September 26 and 28, 2017

• 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

• Administrative Office Building, 104 Airport Dr., 1501-C

Sustainability is a core value and top-level priority at Carolina. People who want to learn how to help their offices become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible can attend Making the Workplace More Sustainable, offered by the UNC Sustainability Office and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Participants will learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, become green events certified, and gain familiarity with a Workplace Sustainability Assessment tool designed for work units at Carolina. Time is built in for participants to plan their next steps back at the office. The assessment tool helps people identify, measure, and promote opportunities related to sustainable purchasing; energy; transportation; water; waste reduction, recycling and reuse; food and events; and health and wellness.

Register soon through ConnectCarolina for “Workplace Sustainability 1.” Space is limited.

Sustainability Jobs

Sustainability Jobs and Internships

Visit the job listings page at Sustainability @ UNC to view recently posted openings for career opportunities, internships and all levels of jobs in the Sustainability and Environmental Affairs fields. Local, national, and international postings are included.

Zoning and Outreach Manager

• Cypress Creek Renewables

• Raleigh-Durham, NC

Cypress Creek Renewables seeks a talented, organized, and highly motivated individual to manage the zoning process, and related community relations activities, for utility scale solar projects in the Southeast United States region. The position will involve zoning diligence activities, application development and submittal, community relations strategy development and implementation, and other items, as necessary, to achieve zoning approval. The successful individual will report directly to the Southeast Regional Zoning Manager and will work closely with internal zoning, engineering, finance, and other team members, as well as external counsel and other consultants.

Position will be located in Carrboro, North Carolina and will require minimal travel (up to 10%).

Additional positions available throughout the country.

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